Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims reaching top four would be 'massive' and one of his 'biggest achievements ever'
JURGEN KLOPP insists snatching a Champions League spot for next season would rank as one of his biggest achievements.
The fallen Premier League champions know if they win their final two games – at Burnley tonight and at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday – they will finish in the top four.
Asked how big that feat would be, Reds boss Klopp said: "Massive, absolutely massive. One of the biggest achievements ever.
"I know how that sounds, I know, but it's the truth. Everybody here sees it like that.
"Whatever happened this year, we have the chance to hold our destiny in our own hands with two games.
"It’s a semi-final and a final, so think about the semi and not the final — and that’s Burnley.
"And they are really good and difficult to play, super attitude and in front of their own supporters and all these kind of things.
"Could it be more tricky? I’m not sure, to be honest. But that’s now how it is."
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Klopp concedes that any chance of completing a mission impossible following a season of pain and suffering looked dead and buried not so long ago.
The 1-0 home defeat to Fulham on March 7 left Liverpool in eighth place, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and with one more game played.
Yet they have won six and drawn the other two of their last eight games.
They may not exactly be in wonderland after goalkeeper Alisson’s 95th-minute Sunday-best header kept that run going with three dramatic points against West Brom.
But Klopp knows what Jose Mourinho was talking about when he said that finishing second as boss of Manchester United in season 2017-18 was one of his greatest achievements.
He said: "I don’t think I’ve ever watched a goal again as often as this one. For us it’s very, very, very important – you saw that in the faces of the players when Ali scored.
"I don’t have to explain that because you could see that in the celebrations at West Brom.
"Even in a season you are winning whatever, it’s never without any setbacks or any problems.
"But it would be massive, that’s true, absolutely massive — and much better than we would have thought maybe a few weeks ago, when it was out of sight for us.
"That we can come that close since then, we won a few games, brought ourselves in the position we are in now, and now we want to use that — that’s clear."
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